Monday, July 23, 2018

Colour & Materials Trend Predictions for 2019

Stylus's content and creative director Tessa Mansfield and Colour & Materials editor Lauren Chiu highlight the key colour and materials directions for Spring/Summer 2019.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Enduring Legacy of French Interior Designer Henri Samuel

Opulence is just the beginning of this design star's legacy.

Estate of Karen Radkai
Ifirst became aware of the work of French designer Henri Samuel in the mid-1980s, in what might be called his robber baron phase. At that heady time in American social history there were a few decorators from England and Europe working in New York for very visible clients: Geoffrey Bennison had just performed miracles for Guy and Marie-Hélène de Rothschild on East 66th Street, and Henri Samuel and his project for Susan and John Gutfreund at 834 Fifth Avenue were the talk of the town.
Before then the apotheosis of Reagan-era classical style had been basically Georgian. Afterward a gap was bridged, and it was said that Samuel’s work didn’t just evoke the past, it was as good as anything in that past. Samuel delivered to the New World something that was thought to be no longer possible: the authentic opulence of another continent and another time.

Eight ways to nail French style at home

 There's an effortless style to the way the French do decoration so let's celebrate Bastille Day with some of their coolest contemporary looks

 Best in class 1France has been flying the French decoration flag for centuries and while its classical styles are world renowned it is also home to a wealth of contemporary capabilities. One brand that manages to straddles its historic Hausmann past as well as the decorative now is Roche Bobois, a household name that was born out of two families joining forces in the 1960s and now has more than 250 stores worldwide. It has two core collections, a contemporary one that features the work of designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo Takada and Missoni Home; and Nouveaux Classiques, a more traditionally French take on furniture. Pictured is a solid oak Chambre Eqop bed with headboard, 180cm by 200cm, €5,200, ex mattress, deep buttoned bergere-style chair, €2,740, four-drawer sideboard, €3,580, and Ispahan floor lamp, €2,340,  all available to order and there’s 15 per cent off all new orders until July 31st.

Best in class 2

Ligne Roset, from parasol fabricator in the 1860s to a global brand with 200 stores worldwide and leading collaborations with names such as Michel Ducaroy, Pierre Paulin and the Bouroullec brothers.

Its Toa armchair, launched in 2015, is designed by emerging talent Remi Bouhaniche, who took a chance and submitted the design to Michel Roset, Ligne Roset’s owner, in 2012. It has a solid ash frame, available in a dark stain or natural, pictured, and in a wide choice of colours in cotton or leather. The trapezoidal shape of foam and fabric is inspired by origami and prices start from €2,902 from Arena Kitchens & Living, Maple Avenue, Stillorgan Industrial Park, where it is available to order and where there is 15 per cent off the entire collection, during the summer sale which ends July 22nd.

Best in class 3

Magic Circus Editions is an experimental lighting company that was set up just two years ago by Marie-Lise Fery, an art school graduate turned antique dealer, and the appreciation of classic forms is evident throughout the collection’s dramatic designs.

The new range features soft coloured glass spheres in soft new shades of jade and rose. The soft curves of its Applique wall light, pictured in rose but also available in an equally easy on the eye jade green, €3,675, will turn an entrance hall or corridor into a destination rather than a throughway. You can buy the pieces online from Anglo-Italian interior designer Chiara Colombini who launched her Paris-based design practice in 2006.

Best in class 4

From its launch in 2012 La Chance, a Paris-based design company that produces furniture, lighting, accessories, rugs and wallpaper, has looked back to the art deco period, a style born in France in 1925, and put a modern riff on this now classic era. Many of its pieces have been much copied, in particular its Bolt stool and Salute side tables – imitation being the greatest form of flattery.

Sorciere wall sconces have been inspired by the ritual Ngil masks of the Fang tribe in Gabon and are more like sculptures than mere illumination. Designed by Marta Bakowski in 2016 the light diffuses through the perforations in the mask to shines upward in a graphic but gentle fashion, changing personality depending on the combination of colours, textures and perforated patterns, which vary in each version. The plain black or white options cost €395 each while the multiple-colour combinations cost €445 each to order through Dún Laoghaire-based Lost Weekend.

Best in class 5

Colonial-era France has played a huge part in creating the rich and textured interiors heritage of the country. The rug pictured has been inspired by one of the many Berber designs, descendants of the pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa with a strong expertise in carpet making.

The design is by fabric firm Lorena Canals whose rugs and cushions are all washable. Moroccan in origin,it is available through KSL Living, one of France’s best home etailers. The 100 per cent cotton design comes in two sizes; 160cm by 120cm, €165 and 200cm by 140cm, €245. Prices are ex delivery.

Best in class 6

Petit Friture, which translates as “small fry”, is a boutique design house that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Set up by Amélie du Passage in 2009 it works with established and emerging designers who already have their own studios meaning that it offers an endlessly changing range of furniture and home furnishings.

There is a Mediterranean suspension light, £1,465, by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance that is inspired by the weightlessness of laundry drying in the Mediterranean sun; and, pictured, the Dojo table, £1,865, and chairs, £378 each, by Amandine Chhor and Aissa Logerot and Jetlag wallpaper by illustrator Lisa Laubreaux, £207 per roll. All are available from which ships worldwide.

Best in class 7

Eno Studio in Paris is another small seller of cool finds by less well-known designers.

The Vega pouf, a simple round form within a brass-effect steel frame, is a piece that will punctuate an empty space or corner of a room. It comes in teal green or midnight blue velvet, pictured, and can be ordered through Dunville Avenue-based CA Design. Measuring 45cm by 38cm by 36cm, it costs €436. The adjustable Plus wall light is a clever marriage of form and function, and its ability to swivel up towards the ceiling or down towards the floor means you can focus the beam in either direction depending on the ambience you’re looking to create. It comes in two metal finishes; anodised aluminum or black steel. Each light measures 18cm high and 10.5 cm across and costs €217.  

Best in class 8

There’s a certain relaxed elegance about French interiors that is hard to replicate. The seasonal weather, where you can actually spend much of the summer outdoors, helps but it is part of the nation’s natural DNA to be able to put together looks that appear effortless.

One affordable brand worth investigating is Amadeus and includes these outdoor and sunroom perfect pieces, rope-knotted armchairs, €229 each, and a driftwood-inspired coffee table held in a steel frame, €449, both available to order from Sallynoggin-based M. Kelly Interiors.

Christina El Moussa's New House Looks Nothing Like The One She Shared With Tarek

She's putting her own spin on things.

Christina El Moussa's Newport Beach Home
Shannon Wilkins of Prairie Home Styling
Christina El Moussa may still film Flip Or Flop with her ex-husband, Tarek, but that's not stopping her from striking out on her own. The HGTV star recently closed on a $4.1 million house in Newport Beach, CA, taking it on as her next big project — and the subject of the first episode of her new solo series on the network, Christina On The Coast.
Though the show doesn't debut until early 2019, the Realtors behind the home — Jonathon Curci and Scott Cappelli of First Team Real Estate — shared some photos of the 4,870-square-foot space. It's too soon to tell how Christina will renovate the space (she's hinted on Instagram that she's been getting in touch with her boho side), but one thing's for sure: It'll be 100 percent her vision.
While the Yorba Linda home she once shared with Tarek had a more European, ornate look, her Newport Beach four-bedroom is sleek and transitional. "This home is certainly a clean slate for Christina El Moussa," South Carolina real estate agent Devon Jones Bisognani told "It seems more relaxed."

Friday, July 13, 2018

5 soft furnishings and fabrics trends for 2018


To kick-start our spotlight this month on fabrics and soft furnishings, here are some of the hottest trends we are seeing at the moment…

1) Imperfection blends well
It seems as if the ’70s are back this summer when it comes to colour in interior design. Bright, loud accents can really help an interior space to pop. Rubelli’s Kieffer collection, designed by Paola Navone, threads together a striking mix of strong colours that are complete with the imperfection of lightweight fabrics.

Gucci Décor offers Décor Pieces Designed to Personalize the Home

GG Jacquard cushion from the Gucci Décor collection for home
(Courtesy: Gucci )

Gucci recently unveiled some new items added to Gucci Decor, a collection of furniture and decorative pieces. The collection includes home scents, mugs, cushions and trays and folding tables. All Decor pieces are designed to personalize the home.
“Designed by Alessandro Michele, the collection of furniture and decorative pieces features new designs. The lineup includes vases produced by Richard Ginori, capitonne porter’s chairs, vinyl and silk printed wallpapers and folding metal tables featuring the House’s latest motifs,” says the Gucci website.

Timeless Style: passionate design brand Cult Furniture show us why mid-century modern will never die

Cult Furniture

Cult Furniture
Flick through the Instagram feeds of fashion editors, travel influencers, us average Joes … and—amid the selfies, wanderlust, and latest food fads—you’ll be sure to find snippets of mid-century modern design. Having been pretty much on-trend since it made its first appearance around 1933, the enduring popularity of the subtle curves and clean lines synonymous with the movement continues to ensure it as a favourite of design aficionados across the world today.
Devotees of the mid-century modern movement might be familiar with the movement’s big names, but the inspired team at Cult Furniture—a brand committed to making designer furniture accessible to all—should too be noted among those more famous faces. Combining their passion for colour and iconic mid-century designs, the Cult crew have set out to create fresh and dynamic designs that are as affordable as they are luxurious and innovative.
Cult Furniture
Get the Mid-Century Modern Look

Combining textures and colours at London design aparthotel slated to open this September

    Rockwell East is a new 57-key aparthotel owned by London-based property developers Marldon and designed by Waldo Works with deliberate clashes of textures and bold colours..

    Located on the fringes of London’s city centre, Rockwell East is a 57-key aparthotel the ideal destination for travellers who are staying in town for one night or several months. Apartments at Rockwell East are spacious and have all the features of a design-led modern home, with strong colours and textures injected into their interiors.
    Accommodation ranges from Studio Apartments to One Bedroom and Family Apartments. The base palette for the rooms is inspired by the patterns and colours of the sky. A theme that is offset by deep inky blues and highlighted by accents and colours that are tailored to each space.

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    Ace Hardware Selects 2019 Color Of The Year

    Ace Hardware recently selected Pineapple Cream Granita as the official 2019 Clark + Kensington color of the year.
    The chosen shade, a light and airy yellow, was the first color to ever be mixed, created and named solely by an Ace consumer during the Color of the Year contest, executed earlier this year in an effort to inspire and encourage consumers to create colors they would like to see in their homes.
    During Ace’s Neighborhood Paint Party in March, consumers were encouraged to hand mix, create and name their own paint color for a chance to be entered into Ace’s Color of the Year Contest. Submissions were judged by a panel of Ace color experts who selected 25 finalists, with consumers leading the ultimate decision process as over 35,000 fans voted for their favorite color on Ace’s social media channels.
    “We couldn’t be more excited to announce Pineapple Cream Granita as our 2019 color of the year,” said Shannon Olear, paint brand manager for Ace Hardware Corporation. “At Ace, we’re always working to give our consumers the best possible service— and The Color of the Year contest was a great way for us to engage directly, both locally and nationally, to inspire fans to create colors they want to see in their homes. It’s important for us at Ace to continue being a helpful resource for consumers during their paint journey, and we enjoyed working so closely with our loyal consumer base to create some fantastic paint shades.”



    Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    A Taste of the Trends

    If there is one thing you can be sure of, trends never stand still. We asked the experts to give us a taste of what’s trending for 2018. MAXIMALISM
    Forget minimalism and its constraints. Make a move towards maximalism — one of the hottest styles in interior design.
    A blend of historical design and colours, layers and textures, and mixed artwork allows the maximalist to create an interior that not only melds the patina of time with contemporary decor, but creates an interior that is vastly unique.
    “Maximalism allows you to let your imagination loose,” Rebecca Long, Resene Colour Expert, says. “The key here is to connect the dots and play close attention to design elements, such as repetition and shape, to build
    your scheme.”

    Darker colours, including smoky charcoals, are prominent at present. Resene Nocturnal, Resene...
    Darker colours, including smoky charcoals, are prominent at present. Resene Nocturnal, Resene Viktor, Resene Organic. (Photo: Wendy Fenwick).

    Bold Seats With Splashes of Color

    Bright and bold colors speak volumes.
    1. Vincent Cloutier and Jean Darveau’s B3 benches in walnut, cherry, birch, and ash by Us & Coutumes

    2. Thomas Müller and Jörg Wulff’s Berlin Loft sofa bed with tubular lacquered metal frame and polyester cushions by Ligne Roset

    3. Bon poufs and footrests in Febrik’s Uniform and Razzle Dazzle (by Sylvain Willenz) 3-D-knitted wool blend by Hem

    10 Questions With... Alain Gilles


    Alain Gilles would never be where he is today without a financially questionable decision. At the age of 32, on the advice of his wife, the Belgian designer dropped a successful career in international finance to enroll in an industrial design program. Following his dreams paid off. Since opening his own studio in 2007, Gilles has produced a range of award-winning products for manufacturers including Bonaldo, Ligne Roset, and Vincent Sheppard, to name a few.
    Most recently, at NeoCon in Chicago, he launched a collection of sofas for BuzziSpace and sound-absorbing panels incorporating real moss for Green Mood. Gilles sat down with Interior Design to share more about his pivotal career change, the Belgian comic book that influenced his work, and the product that jump-started his career.

    Trending right now: Terracotta is the must-have colour for your home

    The burnt orange shade is trending on Pinterest.

    Masterclass Kitchens - Scotts Grey and Terracotta Sunset colour scheme - Carnegie kitchen
    Masterclass Kitchens
    Having been used for centuries and known for its timeless appeal and rustic charm, in 2017 terracotta was noted as a re-emerging interior design trend.
    Tile manufacturer, Original Style, said at the time: 'The natural stone of the past has just started to make a huge comeback, so if you want to stay ahead of the curve, it would be wise to invest in new flooring or spruce up those old tiles.'
    But the fired clay material is not the only key feature. The colour – specifically the burnt orange shade that terracotta is so famous for – has become a key design statement too, extending to more than just floor tiles and plant pots.

    Friday, July 6, 2018

    The 2018 Wedding Decor Trends You're About to See Everywhere

    The 2018 wedding decor trends are here! Get your Pinterest boards ready.
    winter wedding aisle marker with gold geometric sphere, burgundy flowers and greenery
    Black & Hue Photography
    The 2018 wedding decor trends are shaking things up, big time. After years of rustic DIY-style weddings, airy spaces filled with greenery, and barely-there blush color palettes, we're experiencing a complete shift for the upcoming year. Brace yourselves for color — and lots of it — in the form of neon signs, geometric details, and more.